Our overarching corporate vision is to reach the disadvantaged of Franklin, surrounding areas, and worldwide via the World Wide Web through preaching, teaching, and witnessing so that they might be saved, discipled and able to disciple others. From the beginning, we have been on the “cutting edge” of worship, ushering into Franklin new paradigms such as “praise and worship” and dance ministry.


In the late 1970’s, Elder William Saunders started a home Bible Study fellowship. Regular attendance quickly grew. Ultimately, the fellowship formally organized as New Life Church and Elder Saunders was ordained as Pastor. Regular meetings were held at various venues – including the old Hayden High School and in a storefront space next door to a pool hall on South Street – until 1985 when construction of the Johnson Circle worship center was completed.

Over the years, Reverend Saunders became recognized as the “Pastor’s Pastor” due to his much sought-after pastoral wisdom and relationships with several covenant churches. In June 1999, he was ordained as Bishop and his co-laborer Sherry was ordained Co-Pastor of New Life Church.

On November 15, 2007, the Lord called Bishop home to be with Him. Shortly thereafter, Co-Pastor Sherry Saunders became formally recognized as Pastor of New Life Church.